Cairo, Nov. 26 (AP): Egypt’s Islamist President has told the nation’s top judges that he acted within his rights when he issued a series of decrees giving him sweeping powers, according to his spokesman.
That stand is likely to trigger a prolonged showdown with the Opposition.
Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali told reporters today that Mohammed Mursi assured the judges that the decrees did not in any way “infringe” on the judiciary.
Ali’s comments signalled Mursi’s resolve not to back down or compromise on the steps he announced on Thursday, putting himself and a body writing a new Constitution above the judiciary.
Opposition politician Hamdeen Sabahy said today that protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square would continue until Mursi’s decree granting him extra powers was reversed.
“Our decision is to continue in the square, we will not leave before this declaration is brought down,” he said, adding that Tahrir Square would be a model of an “Egypt that will not accept a new dictator because it brought down the old one”. Sabahy is a Leftist who has a launched a movement called the Popular Current. The former presidential candidate has joined several other opposition leaders to denounce Mursi’s decree.